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Lt. James Engle, Speaker of PA House of Representatives

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Birthplace: Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pensylvania, United States
Death: January 05, 1821 (63-64)
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Engel and Ann Engle
Husband of Margaret Engle
Father of Susan Negus; Sarah Ann Patterson and Thomas Engle

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About Lt. James Engle, Speaker of PA House of Representatives

James Engle (1757[1] – January 5, 1821[2]) fought in the American Revolutionary War, was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives[3] from Philadelphia County and served as speaker in 1809.[4][5]

Early life

Engle was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania.[1]

Military service

Engle enlisted at age 19, (other sources list 18[1]) was a sergeant, ensign (commissioned September 20, 1776[6]), and second lieutenant (promoted 1777[1]) in the Third Regiment Pennsylvania Line.[7] He enlisted in Captain Samuel Watson's company. Engle served in the following locations/battles:[1]

  • Canadian campaign
  • Ticonderoga
  • Germantown
  • Valley Forge

Political Activities

Engle was a member of the Democratic Republican party.[8]

He was elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in 1801. (Other Democratic Republicans elected along with him from Philadelphia County included Jacob Holgate, William Penrose, Elijah Gordon, John Goodman, and George Ingles.) There were no opposition candidates from the Federalist Party.[9]

In 1808, he received 4,374 votes for his seat in the House.[10]

On December 21, 1808, Engle was elected Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.[11]

Personal life

Engle married Margaret Marshall on May 4, 1785.[12]

Other activities

Engle was a member of the Guardians of the Poor.[13]

Death

Engle died in Philadelphia.[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Engle


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James Engle

(Elected to replace Nathanial Boileau following his resignation)

Born: 1757, Germantown, Philadelphia County, PA. Died: January 5, 1821, Germantown, Philadelphia County, PA. Member of the House: Philadelphia County, 1801-1810. Affiliation: Democratic-Republican.

James Engle was born in 1757 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a sergeant for the Second Pennsylvania Battalion in 1776, and later that year he was commissioned as an ensign. In 1777 he was promoted to second lieutenant for the Third Pennsylvania Battalion. Prior to beginning a career in politics, Engle worked as a lawyer. Around the turn of the century, he served as one of Philadelphia’s Guardians of the Poor. On May 5, 1785, Engle married the widowed Margaret Marshall (nee Adam), and the couple had 2 daughters; Susan Engle (Negus) and Sarah Ann Engle (Patterson).

Engle was elected as a Democratic-Republican for the 1801-1802 session. He was re-elected for 8 more consecutive sessions. Engle was elected the 45th Speaker of the Pennsylvania House on December 21, 1808, after the resignation of Nathanial Boileau. Engle was re-elected Speaker on December 5, 1809. During his Speakership, Engle oversaw the passage of Act 28 of 1809, which called for numerous changes to the structure of the state’s court system, as well as Act 100 of 1809, which established an academy in the Borough of Harrisburg. Engle resigned his Speakership on January 30, 1810, citing “the consequences of indisposition.” John Weber of Montgomery County was elected to replace Engle.

James Engle died on January 5, 1821, in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania. His burial location is unknown.

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/SpeakerBios/SpeakerBio.cfm?id=85

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Lt. James Engle, Speaker of PA House of Representatives's Timeline

1757
1757
Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pensylvania, United States
1789
June 8, 1789
Age 32
1792
April 2, 1792
Age 35
Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
1821
January 5, 1821
Age 64
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States
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